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Brian grew up on the East Coast and started playing tennis at the age of 8. By the time he was 12, Brian was being recruited to Florida to train for a potential professional future in the sport. As a high school player, he amassed an impressiveRecord, going undefeated for two consecutive seasons. Unfortunately, injuries prevented Brian from going any further in the sport he loved. In college, Brian discovered the two other loves of his life: Teaching and his wife, Sheri. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Education and taught 7th and 8th grade English.
Life brought Brian and Sheri to Bend in 1998 and he began a 20-year career at Crosswater Golf Course. It was also during that time that he rediscovered tennis after not playing for over a decade. Brian quickly became a 5.0 rated player and competed for doubles and mixed doubles championships. More recently, Brian was introduced to pickleball and fell in love with the game. However, his true love for the game lies in teaching. He loves working with players of all abilities and relishes the opportunity to help them reach their full potential.
RAEGAN HAS SEVERAL YEARS OF TENNIS TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN ATLANTA, GA. ORIGINALLY FROM SARASOTA, FL, RAEGAN STARTED PLAYING TOURNAMENT TENNIS AT AGE 9. SHE ATTENDED GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY (GSU) ON A TENNIS SCHOLARSHIP WHILE EARNING A BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION. SHE PLAYED BOTH SINGLES AND DOUBLES GOING TO NATIONALS 3 YEARS, WINNING THE NATIONAL DOUBLES TITLE, EARNING ALL AMERICAN STATUS AND WAS INDUCTED INTO THE GSU HALL OF FAME. SHE ALSO PLAYED IN GERMANY ON A CLUB TENNIS TEAM DURING THE SUMMER.
RAEGAN’S TEACHING EXPERIENCE INCLUDED BOTH YOUTH AND ADULT TENNIS CAMPS AND INDIVIDUAL LESSONS BEFORE SHE WORKED FOR MANY YEARS IN THE LEGAL FIELD IN ATLANTA, GA AS A PARALEGAL AND TRIAL TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST. SHE CONTINUED PLAYING USTA TENNIS GOING TO NATIONALS IN ORLANDO, FL IN 2017 AND STARTED SERIOUSLY PLAYING PICKLEBALL IN 2017 WINNING 3 GOLD MEDALS IN SINGLES AND SEVERAL DOUBLES MEDALS. SHE RECENTLY COMPLETED HER IPTPA TEACHING CERTIFICATION.
MICHAEL IS AN IPTPA CERTIFIED “LEVEL 2” INSTRUCTOR, A CERTIFIED RATING SPECIALIST, AND A FOUR-YEAR TOURNAMENT COMPETITOR WITH MANY GOLD, SILVER, AND BRONZE MEDALS. ALSO, A PASSIONATE PICKLEBALL TEACHER AND COACH, MICHAEL ENJOYS WORKING WITH CENTRAL OREGON PLAYERS IN:
BUILDING A BEGINNING GAME FOUNDATION INCLUDING THE FOUR BASIC SHOTS
DEVELOPING INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED PLAYER SKILLS AS WELL STRATEGIES
AS AN ADULT, MICHAEL SUCCESSFULLY COACHED BASEBALL AND BASKETBALL IN CALIFORNIA’S CENTRAL VALLEY FOR 11 YEARS AND PLAYED COMPETITIVE TENNIS, FAST PITCH SOFTBALL, BASKETBALL, AS WELL AS SLOW PITCH SOFTBALL.
HIS PICKLEBALL CAREER STARTED IN 2014 WHEN A FRIEND SAID “WANT TO PLAY PICKLEBALL”. AFTER MICHAEL SAID “WHAT’S PICKLEBALL” AND A COUPLE HOURS WITH HIS FRIEND AT PINE NURSERY PARK, HE WAS ADDICTED AND WANTED TO PLAY THE NEXT DAY, THE NEXT DAY, AND THE NEXT DAY. MICHAEL HAS NEVER LOOKED BACK.